Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Time to Share and Japanese Food

Now as you probably already know, I have five children (it's up there at the top of the page in my 'blurb') Two of these are adults and still live at home. If I'm really honest they are just as much hard work as the little ones, who says it gets easier? (not me!) I do enjoy getting the opportunity to spend some time alone with them though.
Last Friday it was no1 son's birthday (he was 25!! No, I can't believe it either) and I went out for lunch with him and Eldest Daughter. We also managed to fit in a little shopping and browsing and it brought back lots of memories of the times we used to spend together walking around town for hours. It's not easy once you have little ones tagging along, not impossible, but certainly not the same. However, now that the girls are at school and the Little Man has his pre-school twice a week, I'm beginning to find more time for such outings.

This week Eldest Daughter decided she wanted to treat me to lunch. The thing with ED is that she has a love/hate relationship with food, the chance to get her to fill up on her favourite nosh is something I rarely turn down. So what food does she love? Japanese! We love to go to Wagamamas, Yo Sushi or Mount Fuji. Each is a different experience so it depends on what mood we are in. Wagamamas is fine if you don't mind eating with strangers. They have huge tables which are shared by all customers. The food is delicious though, our favourite dish from there is Chicken Katsu Curry. Also a very social experience is Yo Sushi, where you sit around a huge conveyor belt taking off the dishes going by that you like the look of. My favourite here is the Kappa Maki (or cucumber sushi rolls) but I do try lots of other dishes. I tend to grab anything with prawns in. For some reason I always drink far to much sparkling water (it's on tap) at Yo Sushi.
This week we were in a Bento kind of mood so it had to be Mount Fuji. the restaurant we go to is pretty small and most of the tables have a window view which is great for people watching. We both had Chicken Karage Bento which was gorgeous. If you are not familiar with Bento, it's a meal in a box with all the different parts of the meal in different sections. Here's one I had before, this is Sweet and Sour Chicken bento:

I also had a cup of Hojicha latte, which is green tea with hot milk. Hojicha is different because it's roasted rather than steamed and looks brown rather than green. It's incredibly yummy.

For dessert we had Matcha Tiramisu;

Matcha Tiramisu

Do I need to say more? Well, ok, matcha fine ground powdered green tea and is often used in desserts. This Tiramisu had a matcha flavoured sponge with a cream and matcha tea on top. It's one of our favourite of the Japanese desserts. 

Do you have older children? Do you make time to spend with them, does parenting stop when they get to adulthood? 
Maybe things will be different when they have families of their own? That will be a new experience for me. 
(one more question: Am I strange in longing to become a grandma, even though my youngest is only 2 years old?)


  1. I LOVE Wagamamas! But That tray you have looks amazing. My eldest is now 14 and I hope I still have that relationship with them as they hit their 20's. We shared a hot choc in Costas the other day and it was great to just sit and listen to his stories as at home he is a typical grunting teenager! LOL

    1. oh that's so true, even now we have to leave the house to have a proper conversation.


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